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Feb 17, 2020 - 5:09:39 PM
154 posts since 3/16/2008

Just heard the news and so started watching YouTube videos of Mac Benford's excellent playing. What banjo is he playing here? youtu.be/V8Hoq27EfWw

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:38:09 PM
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mattn

USA

155 posts since 10/3/2006

Pretty sure it is an old White Laydie, which is the only banjo I recall seeing him play out in public.

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:04:13 PM

154 posts since 3/16/2008

Thanks, Matt!

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:21:09 PM

105 posts since 2/20/2004

At a banjo camp, about 20 years ago, he said it was a mandolin banjo that he converted to a banjo.
He said he made the neck.
Don’t know what make of mando it was.

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:27:55 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23212 posts since 6/25/2005

I always thought it was a Tubaphone, but I don’t know.

Feb 18, 2020 - 4:24:56 AM
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dbrooks

USA

3747 posts since 3/11/2004

John Bernunzio's column on the Bernunzio web site addresses this topic. He describes meeting Mac twice. In the second, he traded Mac a small tubaphone plus $350 for Mac's Orpheum No. 3 that Mac had played for years.Mac was looking to switch to a smaller, more comfortable banjo.

https://bernunzio.com/johns-corner/

David 

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:01:34 PM

154 posts since 3/16/2008

Thanks, everyone!

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:13:26 PM
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Viper

USA

1072 posts since 12/12/2007

I believe Mac talked about his banjo on Craig "frailin" Evans' Conversations video. If I recall correctly, he said it was a 10-inch Tubaphone pot from a mandolin-banjo and a short-scale reproduction neck.

Edited by - Viper on 02/18/2020 12:13:39

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:33:24 PM
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frailin

USA

6694 posts since 10/26/2005

Yessir. Mac played a tubaphone with a repo neck when I interviewed him.

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:57:15 PM

mattn

USA

155 posts since 10/3/2006

Looks like I should have paid closer attention! Thanks for the info, everybody.

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